Physical activity is important to get your children ready for future success. Physical activity is great for the brain, muscles, bones, the heart, and lungs.

Clipart of musical notesThere are also lots of easy ways children can be active without equipment.
• Make an indoor bowling alley with homemade pins (made from empty cups or water bottles) and a small soft rubber ball.
• Try shooting hoops with toys when cleaning up (shoot toys into a toy box) or shoot socks into a laundry “basket.”
• Crank up the music and boogie down. Music can brighten a day and brings out laughter. What better way to have a great day than by holding a dance night with your family! Turn on the radio or CD player to your favorite music. Let kids take turns using a flashlight as a strobe light for a disco night. Teach children a dance from the past or do something goofy like playing the Limbo.

More tips can be found here!

Children need help in learning which foods are healthy for their bodies.

Many children identify foods by taste. If a food tastes good it must be good for you! However, some foods that taste good are not very healthy for our bodies. So choose foods that taste good and are also good for you!

Healthy foods include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products.

Read all about Go, Slow & Whoa foods.

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GO Foods—Eat almost anytime.
SLOW Foods—Eat sometimes, or less often.
WHOA Foods—Eat only once in a while or on special occasions.

The word DecemberIt’s December and the holidays are upon us! It’s a time to remember the importance of spending time with family and friends.

It’s also a time of holiday traditions.  Many of our holiday and family traditions center on food and drink.

Every party offers an enticing array of appetizers, cookies and desserts, and eggnog.  With all the preparations and hectic schedules, sometimes people eat on the run or skip meals altogether.

Holiday parties and hectic schedules make it difficult to stick to a healthy lifestyle.

Find tips on our website to help you find that healthy choices can fit comfortably into any holiday celebration.

Well, it’s almost December and the outdoor planting season is, essentially, over for the year but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still indulge your green thumb. If you can’t plant anything outside, you can still plant and grow something worthwhile inside — herbs.

Herbs growing in a potPeople living in the rest of the country often try to grow herbs in a pot on the windowsill and while you can certainly try this system in a south or southwest-facing window, winter light alone can be insufficient for optimum growth and our heat and the intense sun may create scorching issues in the summer.

Find out tips on growing herbs indoors!